The anniversary of the World Well being Group’s (WHO) declaration of a worldwide pandemic was on Thursday (March 11).
As we strategy one yr later of its arrival in our area, we have a look again on the key ‘firsts’ involving COVID-19 in Northern Well being.
FIRST COVID-19 CASE(s)
March 14, 2020, was the day COVID-19 was formally confirmed in northern B.C.
Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stated two folks have been initially identified within the Vancouver Coastal Well being area, however drove again to their house in Northern Well being below strict protocols.
They then remoted themselves and monitored signs for 14 days.
Each Northern Well being and Dr. Henry didn’t affirm which communities they have been from or have been going to, nor how they transmitted the virus within the first place citing privateness.
On the time, B.C. had recorded 73 lab-confirmed COVID-19 circumstances for the reason that virus reached the province in January 2020.
As of this publication (March 12, 2021), Northern Well being has examined positively for five,045 infections.
FIRST COVID-19 DEATH
Six months after the primary an infection was detected, Northern Well being noticed its first virus-linked demise.
On Sept. 14, 2020, Dr. Henry confirmed a lady in her 70s handed away.
She defined the girl contracted COVID-19 after attending ‘an occasion,’ however didn’t disclose the place she died and which occasion particularly.
Dr. Henry additionally stated it was a neighborhood transmission and certainly one of six individuals who died throughout B.C. this previous weekend, bringing the toll to 219.
As of this publication, 110 Northern Well being residents have sadly succumbed to COVID-19.
FIRST COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN PRINCE GEORGE
The primary full COVID-19 outbreak in Prince George was declared on the Jubilee Lodge long-term care house on Dec. 12, 2020.
It lasted for 62 days till Feb. 11, 2021.
Nevertheless, 17 residents died after contracting the virus out of 48 confirmed circumstances within the facility, 14 amongst workers members.
Northern Well being has resumed social visits whereas following COVID-19 prevention protocols, and notes those that want to go to should make preparations beforehand.
FIRST COVID-19 SCHOOL EXPOSURE EVENT IN PRINCE GEORGE
Practically a month after college students returned to the classroom for 2020-21 below strict COVID-19 protocols, Prince George Secondary (PGSS) skilled an publicity occasion.
Northern Well being listed PGSS for a COVID-19 occasion on Oct. 2, 2020, when college students and workers might have come into contact with somebody who examined optimistic for the virus.
Since then, the college has been alerted six occasions for an publicity occasion.
In whole, Northern Well being has warned 24 Prince George-based establishments for the virus, together with 21 inside College District 57 (SD57) and three non-public services.
FIRST COVID-19 VACCINATION
Well being Canada accredited the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 9, 2020.
Practically two weeks later, on the morning of Dec. 21, the doses made their strategy to Prince George and within the palms of Northern Well being.
Stored within the College Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC), the primary needle was administered to Biserka Becker, a care aide in Jubilee Lodge, lower than 24 hours later.
9 well being care employees within the long-term care house and UHNBC have been a part of the inaugural vaccinated group.
On the time, the B.C. Ministry of Well being and the Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunization, mandated that high-risk well being care employees and residents in long-term and assisted-living services have been the primary precedence teams to get vaccinated.
Since then, Northern Well being has moved to Part Two of its immunization plan which incorporates seniors over 80 years previous and Indigenous elders aged 65 and older.